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MAN TGS 4x4 2-axle Tipper + Palfinger

Maker:  Conrad
Model No:  71165 / 04
Scale:  1:50
Review Date:  October 2011

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Price   (max 15)12
Overall   (max 100)78%


MAN TGS 4x4 2-axle Tipper + Palfinger Video
Conrad box.
Rear lights are painted.
Tilting cab.
Tipper sides can be lowered.
Palfinger reaches up.
Unloading some Lifting Beams.
This is a model of a MAN TGS 4-wheel drive 2-axle tipper with an unbranded lifting arm which is based on a Palfinger machine.


The Conrad-branded box contains a folded foam rubber sheet which protects the model well and it had no defects or missing parts.

There are no instructions supplied, but assembly is limited to fixing door mirrors, a roof aerial and the hook on the Palfinger.  There is no information about the real vehicle.


Looking underneath, the chassis is good.  The 4-wheel drive transmission is replicated and the rear axle suspension is plastic and satisfactory.  The steering mechanism is purely functional rather than accurate.  The wheels look smart with the same tyres used all around.

The MAN cab is marked TGS 18.440 and is typical Conrad quality with the lights having plastic lenses, and there are nice details such as steps and door handles.  Inside detail is simple.  The beacon lights on the roof look good but they seem on the large size.  Under the cab is a plastic engine block.

The tipper body is all metal with good discreet tailgate hinges.  Towards the rear the plastic wheel arches are good, and there are painted lights and a towing hitch.

The Palfinger loading crane has plastic outrigger beams which are rather too flexible, and the pads are mounted on screw threads.  The arm sections are metal with plastic telescopic sections.  A plastic hook fixes to the end.  There are no graphics on the loading arm.


The steering has an excellent range of movement, and the rear axle floats to provide a degree of suspension.

The cab tilts forward about 45° and can maintain a tilted pose.

The tipper body tilts to around 45°, and the tailgate opens and closes.  Both sides of the tipper can fold down and this is implemented very well.

The outriggers of the loading crane extend, and the pads can be screwed down.  It rotates fully and the arm can be unfolded and the two telescopic stages extended to reach a maximum height of about 23cm.  The hook can be attached at one of two positions.


It is a well made and strong model with limited use of plastic.  The paintwork is very nice and the very few graphics are implemented well.


It is good value for the functionality offered.


This is a likable small truck from Conrad with a very good range of features which work well.  It is is not the most highly detailed model but looks good in its blue and red colours and is has enough to be highly recommended.


The model appeared in red and blue in summer 2011.

Excellent steering angle
Palfinger folded up.
Good chassis detail.
Tipping a load of air.
Reaching into the back.
It is a handy utility vehicle.
Ready for the road.